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Review Round-up:Purcell Goes Multimedia at the Young Vic
By Editorial Staff
After Dido is a show based on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in this 350th anniversary year of the composer’s birth. While the whole of the score is performed live, it’s a
Priscilla: The Boys from Oz Arrive
By Editorial Staff
Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, now previewing at the Palace Theatre, is that rare creature in the West End – a hit Australian stage musical. The show’s two Aussie stars, Tony Sheldon and Jason Donovan, and its director Simon Phillips talk to Roger Foss about a transgender transition with “Down Under” written all over it.
Grange Park Opera 2009
By Editorial Staff
The Grange is an early 19th Century Greek revival house located near Winchester and for the past 12 years has been the home of Grange Park Opera. It’s an idyllic setting which, like Garsington and Glyndebourne, presents opera to well-heeled suburban audiences at premium prices.
The Art of Operagoing Made Easy
By Editorial Staff
So, what’s opera all about? Isn’t it just posh people, expensive frocks, exorbitant prices, champagne, snobbishness and long hours of boredom?
A Brief Guide to London Opera
By Editorial Staff
London is as well served as any major city with world-class, as well as smaller and more experimental opera companies. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the art form at more affordable prices than those of the two main houses. Here is a run-down of both venues and companies on the current London scene:
Review Round-up: Love-crossed Stars in Bellini's I Capuleti
By Editorial Staff
Pier Luigi Pizzi’s 1984 production of Bellini’s take on the Romeo and Juliet story has been revived at the Royal Opera House, with two star singers. Mezzo Elina Garanca and sopran
Sibling Rivalry: Brothers & Sisters on Stage
By Editorial Staff
Blood rivals or natural collaborators? Best friends or worst enemies? Michael Coveney explores the world of sibling actors, as identical twins Luke and Harry Treadaway play twin brothers at the Royal Court and Niamh Cusack stars in the Old Vic’s revival of Brian Friel’s play about five sisters, Dancing at Lughnasa.
Review Round-up: Does Doctor Atomic Explode or Fizzle?
By Editorial Staff
John Adams’ 2005 opera has finally premiered in the UK, in a production by English National Opera at the Coliseum, after appearing in Amsterdam, New York and San Francisco. The original direct
Review Round-up: Did Welshman Terfel's Dutchman Fly?
By Editorial Staff
Tim Albery’s new production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Höllander opened at the Royal Opera House on 23 February, with Welsh bass-baritone returning to the house for the firs
Opera in London (March 2009)
By Editorial Staff
March is a busy month for opera in the capital, with three openings at the main houses and a flurry of activity at the schools and other venues. It's a wide-ranging programme, taking in the earliest English opera and work written within the last few years.